Author Spotlight

Thomas Elsaesser

Thomas Elsaesser is professor emeritus in the Department of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam. He is the author of New German Cinema: A History (1989) and Fassbinder’s Germany: History Identity Subject (1996). His recent publications include European Cinema: Face to Face with Hollywood (2005), Film Theory: An Introduction Through the Senses (with Malte Hagener, 2010, 2nd edition 2015), The Persistence of Hollywood (2012), and German Cinema—Terror and Trauma: Cultural Memory Since 1945 (2013).

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The Persistence of Persona

Decades later, Ingmar Bergman’s self-reflexive masterpiece remains a provocative enigma worthy of close investigation.

By Thomas Elsaesser

The Merchant of Four Seasons: Downward Mobility in Munich

A legionnaire turned fruit seller misses out on Germany’s economic miracle in Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s breakthrough melodrama.

By Thomas Elsaesser